Afton Water (Chris Hutchings)

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  • CPDL #19701:     
Editor: Chris Hutchings (submitted 2009-06-28).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 121 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Afton Water
Composer: Chris Hutchings
Lyricist: Robert Burns

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAB
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2009

Description: A moderate to easy arrangement: sopranos mainly carry the tune while altos and basses have semiquaver accompaniments. Not yet performed - please contact the composer if you'd like to perform it, I'd love to know about the premiere!

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Original text and translations

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1.
Flow gently, sweet Afton, among thy green braes!
Flow gently, I'll sing thee a song in thy praise!
My Mary's asleep by the murmuring stream --
Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream!

2.
Thou stock dove whose echo resounds thro' the glen,
Ye wild whistling blackbirds in yon thorny den
Thou green-crested lapwing, thy screaming forbear --
I charge you, disturb not my slumbering fair.

3.
Thy crystal stream, Afton, how lovely it glides,
And winds by the cot where my Mary resides.
How wanton thy waters her snowy feet lave,
As, gathering sweet flowerets, she stems thy clear wave.

4.
Flow gently, sweet Afton, among thy green braes!
Flow gently, sweet river, the theme of my lays!
My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream --
Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream.